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Kuta Bali VS. Kuta Lombok

Did you now that Lombok island has its very own version of Kuta? However, there are huge differences between the two Kutas, and in this article, we explain them.

Kuta Bali

Kuta Bali

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This is where it all began for Bali. Surfers first found this stretch of beach back in the 70s and its popularity, along with development, grew rapidly. Mention Kuta, Bali to anyone now and the first thing they’ll say is “Oh, it’s so touristy!” Not to mention the perpetually chaotic traffic along the shopfronts and resorts, right opposite from Kuta beach. This 5km stretch of beach offers one of the very best sunset spots in South Bali.  Enjoy watching the sky turn a deep gold, pink and purple while you enjoy a cold beer or a coconut, on a beach chair or beanbag provided by one of the many vendors dotting the beach. While it’s constantly crowded and never quiet, it’s still a major attraction, especially for surfers and tourists. Kuta town is a major party destination; you’re sure to never run out of shops, restaurants, bars, clubs or spas to visit.

Kuta, Lombok

Kuta Lombok

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Lombok’s Kuta beach is located in the South of Lombok. Those seeking clean, pristine and unspoiled beaches away from the crowds and noise will find what they’re looking for here. Kuta is a long stretch of white sandy beach fringed by palm trees overlooking the beautiful aqua water. There is hardly any development and noise. There are breathtaking views everywhere you look, and mornings are great for yoga and quiet meditation or just having a moment to yourself. Aside from a few fishermen boats out at sea, there won’t be much to disrupt your peace and serenity. At times, a few local ladies might approach you with their wares while you’re on the beach, but they aren’t persistent. These ladies are friendly and would be more than happy to sit and chat with you for a minute or two. In Kuta town itself, there are a few warungs and shops, but they are almost always empty. At night, you’ll find a pop-up bar on the beach to entertain tourists with a little music and some drinks.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok and Bali.

Semeti Beach - Lombok

Extraordinary things to do in Lombok that many never knew existed (Part 1)

Lombok is like a secret lover, you don’t want to just kiss and tell but perhaps you’d share the secret with those closest to you. Unlike its neighbor Bali, Lombok is relatively untouched and those who have tasted its wonders try to keep it on the down low.

Here are a number of things to do in Lombok that have not made it to the spotlight. If you’re already in Bali, make sure you spare some time for a fast boat trip from Bali to Lombok and experience these secret beauties.

On the cliff’s edge at Lingkoq Datu, Pantai Penyisok

Lingkoq Datu, Pantai Penyisok

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This picturesque seaside cliff will have you feeling like Jack and Rose. You may have to navigate your way through steep rocks but it’s guaranteed to be worth the trek. The view is almost too good to be true – bright teal waters, golden rocks, and no sign of living.

 

Revisit the Dutch colonial past: 84-year Old Suspension Bridge

84-year Old Suspension Bridge

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Built in 1932 with Australian solid iron, this hanging bridge is 100 m high and has been broken twice after being hit by a stream. In its glory days, its pivotal role was connecting the remote areas together. Today however, its mostly explored by young people hanging around on lazy evenings.

Pyramids in the sea – Semeti Beach

Semeti Beach - Lombok

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Ever wondered what Superman’s Planet Krypton would be like in real life? Head over to Krypton, otherwise know as Semeti Beach, homing pyramid-shaped rocks that resemble the crystal box in Superman’s home planet.

Grand Canyon of the East – Pantai Tebing

Grand Canyon of the East – Pantai Tebing

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Pantai Tebing has a collection of unique rock formations that stand tall due to the eruption of Gunung Rinjani Tua in 1257. Hot clouds of sediment, resulting from the tsunami and containing fragments of coral, were deposited here.

 

Torean’s Hidden Treasure: Penimbungan Waterfall Viewpoint

Air Terjun Penimbungan Lombok

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You’ll have to hike Rinjani to enjoy this waterfall. After a two-hour trek from the Torean entrance, you’ll reach the viewpoint of the 75-metre-high waterfall. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

 

Stay in a picturesque, futuristic ‘Hobbiton’ at Mentigi Bay Dome Villas

Mentigi Bay Dome Villas

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Calling all Hobbit fans! Step into this resort to be transported into a mythical land, just like a Lord of the Rings movie set. Nestled comfortably on the Cliffside, overlooking the island’s blue bay, these dome-shaped villas offer a luxurious interior and a breathtaking panoramic view.

Patagonia Xpress offers fast boat services from Bali to the Gili Islands and Bangsal, Lombok. Learn more about our scheduling and prices.